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WESSINGTON SPRINGS — A Wessington Springs man arrested after striking a woman with a silver bar pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Tuesday. After prosecutors offered a plea agreement to dismiss higher charges, 36-year-old Vernon Parsells pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon at the Jerauld County Courthouse. According to Parsell's defense attorney John Murphy, in exchange for the guilty plea to aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, prosecutors for the state of South Dakota agreed to dismiss the charge of attempted first-degree murder.
TYNDALL — The cause of a Monday fire is still under investigation, authorities said. The fire spread across 70 acres of Conservation Reserve Program acres and took approximately three hours to contain, according to the Tyndall Fire Department. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday, the fire was reported five miles east of Tyndall.
Here are five stories to know heading into Wednesday: 1. Bridgewater native Suzanne Fournier looks back at a career that brought her all over the world. 2. Six people took part in a mental health course Tuesday with the hope to help prevent suicides in South Dakota.
The names of the people involved in a fatal crash Saturday near Mitchell have officially been released. Along with Tracy Morehead, who died from injuries sustained in the crash, 37-year-old Mitchell resident Brent Klinger sustained minor injuries and 33-year-old Ashley Klinger, also of Mitchell, sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries, according to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.
Be careful what's on top of the toaster. At approximately 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, a resident at 920 E. Hanson Ave. in Mitchell learned the hard way when a fire started after a plastic container with muffins was placed on top of a toaster. The fire was extinguished by the occupants before responders arrived. "There was quite a bit of smoke," said Mitchell Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris. The Mitchell Fire Department responded with one fire truck and five firefighters.
WOOD — A 70-year-old man was killed Monday in a crash north of Wood. At approximately 2:50 p.m., a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup was traveling near the intersection of 281st Avenue and Strike Road, 11 miles north of Wood. The vehicle left the roadway and entered a river basin. The vehicle’s driver was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead on-scene. The deceased man’s name has not been released pending notification of family.
ALEXANDRIA — A California man sustained minor injuries on Monday in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90. At approximately 8 p.m. Monday, a 2014 Honda Accord driven by 18-year-old Mitchell resident Cooper Williams collided into the rear of a pickup and trailer driven by 57-year-old Charles Hoffman, of Carmel, California. According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS), Williams took his eyes off the road to reach for a water bottle on the passenger floor board.
The trial dates for the GEAR UP case have been set, Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Tuesday. The first is a motions hearing set for 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 in Lake Andes. It will include any motions for separate jury trials by defendants. A jury trial will be held in Lake Andes from March 1-9 for State v. Stephanie Hubers. And from June 25 through July 20, a jury trial will be held in Lake Andes for State v. Stacy Phelps and Dan Guericke.
The First Judicial Circuit has filled the position left vacant by Judge Steven Jensen. Judge Cheryle Gering was appointed the new presiding judge for the First Judicial Circuit on Tuesday. She was appointed by Chief Justice David Gilbertson to serve the circuit that consists of Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner, Yankton and Union counties. The position was vacated by Jensen, who was appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court, in September.
Here's what you need to know heading into Tuesday: 1. The State Tribal Relations Committee is continuing the look into the GEAR UP scandal. 2. Meet Skylar Neugebauer, the Mitchell native who spent time fighting wildfires in California.